Europol and Police Cooperation in Europe

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This research examines the European criminal intelligence agency known as Europol, both within the context of its genesis and development to date, and against the background of police cooperation in Europe generally. The study examines the application of the centralised mode of information exchange to the information/intelligence exchange process between Europol and selected member states since its inception. The data gathered are analysed to show whether this mode is the most appropriate, or whether another model should have been adopted, or another one has evolved over a period of time.


“The strengths of this book are a clarity of presentation which makes the study useful for police training as well as for an academic audience, an up-to-date presentation of the main issues confronting police cooperation, a subtle understanding of the distinction between police intelligence and information, an awareness that practices develop which are not in accordance with formal agreements, the ways in which judicial and police cooperation interrelate, and a valuable comparison of the systems in the main North European countries.” – Malcolm Anderson

“Santiago adduces evidence that Europol has evolved an approach which includes increasing and substantial tactical and operational involvement in the law enforcement activities of national police agencies, where those activities touch on police activities with an international dimension. The transfer of policing competence from the national to the European level represents for some a substantial challenge to national sovereignty, and raises the relevance of Santiago’s work from matters of law enforcement to matters of wider relevance in European affairs. . . . The research is important to contemporary understandings of a significant area of European cooperation and is well-supported by empirical and documentary evidence.” – Nigel Fielding

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